Tuesday, December 20, 2011

its a wrap! (and a giveaway winner, too!)




 This is one of my favorite days of the year! Sounds crazy...but tonight it is gift wrapping night in our house! I love saving all my gifts until I am done shopping so the hubs and I can have a little 'wrapping party'. I went back to my Pinterest board "gift wrapping" this morning for a little inspiration, so thought I would share. 




Tonight, I will make a couple appetizers. (Also ideas from my Pinterest board "yummy") The hubs will build a fire in the fireplace, open a bottle of wine and we wrap gifts until every last thing is under the tree!

 He is the official gift wrapper in this house...you should see his attention to detail - amazing! I design, he executes. We make a good team that way. (Actually, he couldn't care less what they look like, he is just the man that has a mind like an engineer, so the gift come out wrapped perfectly every time.) Most guys I know wrap like a 5 year old, but this guy has some skills when it comes to paper and scissors, I tell ya! 

(And yes he would DIE right now if he knew I was telling the world this right now. Thankfully the guys at work don't read my blog! Haha!) 




I like to use simple things...I don't spend a fortune of all kinds of glittery paper. My favorite thing to use brown or white kraft paper, since I already have big rolls of that around the house. (I use it for the dust jacket backings on the mirrors I sell.) When my show season ends in October, I bring the big roll home from my warehouse so its ready for Christmas!




Oh gray, how I love you so. So simple and pretty. 




And I have to say, I cannot believe that I do not own a single shred of this pretty baker's twine yet! I am trying to find a good source where it doesn't cost a fortune.




 Trader Joe's bags used as wrap....what a fantastic idea this is! It mixes my love of kraft paper...white...with the perfect amount of red thrown in for good measure! 

{LOVE!}


This is my favorite idea for this year...as soon as I am done with this post, I am heading to Home Depot to steal a few paint samples in reds and greens! I won't even need to write the "from" portion on the tag. Everyone will already know! 

(I am a little famous for being the nut that is obsessed with paint swatches the diligent and prepared business woman that carries every fan deck of paint colors with her. You never know when you need to whip out 500 shades to find the perfect color for a client, right?)

 So my friends and family will get a kick out of this. 



 I am off to steal paint sample cards and buy some food and wine for tonight. Wish you could all come over for a wrapping party...wouldn't that be awesome? How fun!

Oh, and do you want to know who won the giveaway I hosted for the $50 credit to Post Road Vintage? 

Sasha from Lemonade Makin' Mama!

Thank you to all that entered! I have a few more giveaways up my sleeve, so stay tuned!




41 comments:

  1. Using the trader joe bags is a genius idea! :)

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  2. How beautiful! I carry my paint sample books around too. Think I will steal the sample idea for next year! Merry Christmas and congrats to Sasha, couldn't go to a better blogger!

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  3. Congrats to Sasha!!!

    LOVE all the wrapping ideas!! I think this will be my LAST YEAR buying traditional wrapping paper. (I just bought some at the dollar tree, so I gotta use it up!)

    You should link up with this Pin-Ter-Vention party (stop pinning and start doing) here: http://mccallclan.blogspot.com/

    OH! I rec'd the magazine and will be blogging about it tomorrow! to say I love it would be an understatement. :o) Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  4. I saw on Pinterest how to make your own baker's twine. Basically get a fresh ball of twine and run a running line around it with a red marker before unrolling it.

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  5. If you live close to a Crate and Barrel they sell a huge spool of red and white baker's twine for pretty cheap... much cheaper than any place else I've found....

    ~Chris

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  6. Ok that paint chip idea is being stolen from you right now Mary.

    Enjoy your evening of wrapping with hubby. I hope you ans your family have a wonderful Christmas. I do appreciate being on your blog roll. Your blogroll sends lots of traffic my way.

    Chania

    Chania

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  7. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone. I'm just stopping by random blogs today and checking them out. Also wishing you folk's a healthy and happy new years. Richard from an Amish community in Pennsylvania.

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  8. WHAT????!!!! Oh my stinkin word!!!! You totally caught me completely unawares as I was just reading along, loving all your wrapping words, and I had totally forgotten you were announcing the winner at the end too, and then I saw my name!!! I almost screamed but I have a little girl cuddled up next to me on the couch, who's half awake so that restrained me. THANK YOU!!! I am so excited! (I never win things!!)

    And I was thinking (before I got all distracted) that I have had pretty good luck (not during the month of December) finding red and white striped yarn that looks just like that at yarn stores. I think it's called "cream and sugar" brand. They make it in green and white, and blue and white and yellow and white. (I have all those colors and love it.) Just FYI.

    Thank you thank you thank you! :)

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  9. I hate wrapping. If you lived closer I'd trade chores for wrapping. I like to clean, organize, whatever you need I'd be willing. Okay well most things I would do. I don't climb ladders or do windows. Or toilets. Or basements. Watch a movie or read a magazine for ya...I can handle that. haha

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  10. Just beautiful. I love the simplicity too, and I think you've inspired me to go back to that. The gray and white is stunning! Right now I'm using Martha Stewart's bakers twine, but I saw an online source that I pinned awhile back... I'll have to find the link. They have every color under the rainbow on giant spools!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. Ok. Divinetwine.com is the site- 240 yards on a spool for $15. You can also get a variety pack and save money. :) happy shopping!

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  12. Hello, friend. Love the paint chip idea...so perfect for you! I use the Martha Stewart baker's twine from Michael's, it's not a huge roll, but UT has lasted awhile for me so far and it's around $3 I think. Have fun tonight!!

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  13. Wonderful wrapping what a beautiful gift to receive xxxx

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  14. I ADORE the idea of having a wrapping day! How fun is that? I just do it as I go but I like the idea of looking forward to a designated night! A great tradition to start! Also, I just grabbed a great twine deal from pick your plum...here's the link...

    http://www.pickyourplum.com/content/its-time-celebrate-twine-65

    It's 240 yards for $4.95 each! When I bought them they were out of all colors but yellow, orange and purple but at least you can start getting a collection of them going on the cheap. I did not have yellow or orange yet so I was excited to get them on the cheap!

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  15. Just relaxing after a bit of wrapping myself!
    These ideas are beautiful...the gray is my favorite!

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  16. Sounds like a fun night to me...and thanks for such great gift wrapping ideas! Enjoy!

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  17. Try McMaster and Storm's etsy shop 'Swan and Shears' for the bakery twine. They sell it by the roll and it last FOREVER!! My kids are forever stealing lengths of it for all kinds of stuff and I cannot imagine it getting all anytime soon!
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/swanandshears

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  18. Boy sounds like you got a keeper in that man!!
    I love all the wrappings, so sweet and can be altered for other occasions.
    Thanks for sharing your many talents!1

    xoxo
    Debbie

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  19. Very pretty gift wrapping ideas. How lucky to have a hubby that helps wrap..what fun. I'm sure all of your gifts will be gorgeous. I've gotten as far as paper with names on the backs but no embellishments as of yet. Can't wait to see your gifts. Hugs-Carrie

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  20. I don't know how you wrAP ALL THOSE GREAT GIFTS IN ONE NIGHT. Love you ideas

    Merry Christmas

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  21. i LOVE bakers twine as well. This is where I get all my bakers twine - a wholesale packing supply store, and they have a great selection of colors.

    http://usbox.com/Ribbons/Bakery-Twine-on-Spindle/1LV-X

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  22. What lovely ideas for wrapping gifts. I hate to admit it, but every year I'm down to the wire on buying and wrapping, so there's no time to do anything other than the coordinated rolls that come in a 4-pack. Every year I swear it will be different, but it never happens.

    Congratulations to the lucky winner!

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  23. love the trader joe's recycled wrap. great use of such cool bags.

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  24. love the trader joe's recycled wrap. great use of such cool bags.

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  25. I love the brown paper with stamped names! Must try this next year :)

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  26. I love the idea of the Trader Joes bags used as wrapping..I do not have one near me but love seeing and hearing about how others wrap their gifts..
    Have a Blessed Christmas..

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  27. I totally love these gift wrapping ideas! School was a little too hectic this year, so mine don't look so cute but I did take the time to make gift tags. And I turned our used Co-op bags into wrapping paper! Merry Christmas!

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  28. Recycled TRADER JOE'S BAG ~ BeSt!*!*!
    HaPPy HoLiDaYs Mary...
    Jeanine Burkhardt

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  29. I think we all love a good man with mad wrapping skills! Hope you two had fun at your wrapping party, I am going to suggest one to my hubby, but I am quite positive I will be met with a blank stare...

    Have a very Merry Christmas at your house!
    Kate

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  30. I just blogged about winning the artful blogging magazine. thank you AGAIN! Love it SO MUCH!!

    http://underthegeorgiasun.com/2011/12/21/artful-blogging-with-urban-farmgirl/

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  31. What a perfect night!! Can I borrow your hubs?? ;) Enjoy your evening. And I LOVE your wrapping inspirations. beautiful! Merry Christmas!

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  32. I love Divine Twine, sold at whiskergraphics.com! You get a ton of twine for not terribly much, and they package multiple rolls at a discounted price.

    Wish my hubs had some wrapping talent!! :) Merry Christmas to you both!

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  33. i love all your pins and love the idea of a wrapping night so fun! i think it's cute that you hubby helps and what a nice way to spend an evening together! have a beautiful christmas Mary, thank you for sharing your talents with us. i really love reading your blog. susan

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  34. Oh my goodness all of these gifts look amazing. You have given me some good ideas.

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  35. I love those wrapping ideas! I actually do wrap like a 5-year-old! I just hate it and get very impatient. Though I LOVE to watch other people wrap. It's oddly fascinating to me.

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  36. Oh, and I meant to tell you I was stopping by from Jodi's cute blog. :)

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  37. Love the paint card tags! I am always collecting little handfuls at the supply store ...got caught red-handed the other day. Merry Christmas!
    Kari

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  38. So many gorgeous wrappings and trimmings!! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas. Hugs ~ Tina x

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  39. what great ideas for wrapping presents! May God bless you this next year with even more amazing ideas and may he bless you above and beyond all you can ask or imagine.
    Debbie

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  40. While supplies last, Crate & Barrel had rolls of red/white twine in 1/2 lb. cones for $4.47 each. Just bought myself two of them. I'm new to your site, but just love all the ideas.

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